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Re: “Gay Marriage Amendment Passes

The popular thing and the right thing are often at odds. That is why our founding fathers had the forethought to provide our federal judges with lifetime tenures -- so they would be relatively free from political pressures and the "tyranny of the majority." I have no doubt that in twenty years, Tennesseans will look back in shame at the passage of Amendment One just as many southerners do today at the positions their state electorates took in the 1960's on civil rights legislation.

Posted by John Campbell on 11/14/2006 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Gay Marriage Amendment Passes

As recently as 1967, when the Supreme Court decided Loving v. Virginia, striking down a law prohibiting interracial marriage, polls showed that 70% of Americans opposed interracial marriage. If the Supreme Court had simply allowed the majority to decide the law and "moved on," interracial couples would still not be allowed to marry. At the time, such marriages were opposed because they did not meet many's traditional view of marriage. Today, Americans overwhelmingly support the right of interracial couples to marry. Reliance on "traditional views" or the "majority opinion" will always work to keep minority groups disenfranchised and powerless and will completely stifle social progress. It is absurd to expect the courts to simply "move on" from what is clearly a violation of the constitutional rights upon which this country was founded. If America had followed this plan, women would still be unable to vote and we would still live in a segregated society.

Posted by John Campbell on 11/14/2006 at 3:01 PM
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